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United Community Bank announces Kelley Kee as Tennessee State President

  • Posted on May 02, 2023
Nashville, Tenn. – United Community Bank is pleased to name veteran banker Kelley Kee as Tennessee State President. Kee steps into this role after his predecessor, John Wilson, announced his retirement. Wilson will transition into a United consulting role. Kee will now take over to lead the bank’s commercial and retail operations in Tennessee. 

“We are excited to bring in an experienced banker like Kelley to lead our operations in Tennessee as our growth continues here,” said Rich Bradshaw, President and Chief Banking Officer for United. “He is extremely familiar with the communities in the area, has a wealth of commercial and business banking knowledge, and we know he will bring a high level of dedication and service to our team.” 

Kee comes to United with nearly 30 years of banking experience in the greater Nashville area. Prior to joining United, he worked with Regions Bank where he held several leadership roles, most recently as Executive Vice President, in consumer and business banking and spent the last 19 years as a commercial banking executive in Nashville. Additionally, he has worked with First American and AmSouth.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to join a great team and excited to continue my career in the community where I have lived and worked my entire life,” said Kee. “United has been steadily growing across the state and I look forward to working with my new colleagues, building client relationships and helping the bank continue to expand in the area.”

A Tennessee native, Kee graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in finance and business management.  He resides in Franklin with his wife of 25 years, Missy, and they have two daughters who are also graduates of the University of Tennessee. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, watching UT sports and spending time with his family. 


About United Community Banks, Inc.

United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) is a top 100 U.S. financial institution with $25.9 billion in assets, and through its subsidiaries, provides a full range of banking, wealth management and mortgage services. UCBI is the financial holding company for United Community Bank (“United Community”) which has 207 offices across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as a national SBA lending franchise and a national equipment lending subsidiary. United Community is committed to improving the financial health and well-being of its customers and ultimately the communities it serves. Among other awards, United Community is a nine-time winner of the J.D. Power award that ranked the bank #1 in customer satisfaction with consumer banking in the Southeast and was recognized in 2023 by Forbes as one of the World’s Best Banks and one of America’s Best Banks. The bank is also a multi-award recipient of the Greenwich Excellence Awards, including the 2022 awards for Small Business Banking-Likelihood to Recommend (South) and Overall Satisfaction (South), and was named one of the "Best Banks to Work For" by American Banker in 2022 for the sixth consecutive year. Additional information about United can be found at

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